Monday, November 19, 2007

Poo Poo Paper

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Wideload copyright by Andrew Pescod

Is your source for hand made poo poo paper stationery. What never heard of poo poo paper? Neither did I! But I recently saw this link on another blog showcased at the Absolute Write Cooler and I have not been able to get the concept out of my mind! OK - I admit it is grossly fascinating and cracks me up everytime I talk about it.

They make their special paper by collecting and processing elephant dung pulp. Apparently ellephant dung is full of fibrous materials due to the elephants diet of grasses, bamboo and fruits they eat. They collect naturally dried poop from elephant conservation parks, prerinse with water to leave only the fibrous materials, place it in a giant pot of boiling water to clean it, they add natural fibers to strengthen the paper then mix it together, they make small separate piles which are then allowed to naturally dry in the sun and that is how they make poo poo paper! Ok, if any of you are grossed out by this concept, consider this, this environmentally friendly paper is a truly creative sustainable cycle. They are using raw materials that no other use to make highly functional societal products, providing economic opportunites for the local community and ulitmately is able to direct back portion of their profits to the welfare and conservation of elephants.



But what is the million dollar question? Well that would be their number one asked question:

Questions#1: Do your products smell?

This is by far the most asked question we receive! Our products do not smell at all...not like poo anyways! Our products smell like normal stationery type products although we have been experiementing with adding some nice aromas to our poo papers. We've had requests from cinnamon, lemon and coffee scented papers......we're working in this!!!!!

Our products don't smell because we allow the fresh elephant poo poo to completely dry up first then we thoroughly rinse and wash the elephant dung and all we're really left with are the fibres from the vegetation that the elephant didn't digest. That stuff doesn't stink!



So if this interests the environmentalist in you, check out the
Pootique where you can buy Poo Poo journals, notebooks and stationary. It's rated "Two bums up!" TM Just don't send it to anyone with kids known to eat paper!

21 comments:

Angela WD said...

I see the value of this but it still sounds gross to me.

Precie said...

Ok, I'm all for recycling, but I think there are some things that just shouldn't be recycled.

Church Lady said...

Perfect for query letters. Simply, wonderfully...perfect.

Lisa said...

Perfect for query letters! Ha! God, I love coming to this site. I honestly never know what I'm going to find. Eh - recycled elephant poop. Why not? Save a few trees and the gross part of the poop isn't even part of it. I give it a thumbs up. I'm far more grossed out when I watch a show on the chicken or beef industry since I eat that stuff.

moonrat said...

awesome.

March to the Sea said...

i knew about this for a bit..i have been so tempted to buy some.

Precie said...

CL--Bhahahahahaha!

I just hope to high heaven that, if anyone I know uses this paper to send me notes, they never ever tell me it's this stuff!

Charles Gramlich said...

Perhaps they could recycle the elephant poo as fertilizer rather than stationary? I don't really think this is likely to make it "big."

Travis Erwin said...

Least this way when someone tells me, "You're writing is crap." I can say not it's the paper.

pacatrue said...

Yeah, this strikes me as one of those things that probably isn't in fact gross but just seems gross.

Charles, I wonder if it's not a good fertilizer for the same reason it is a good stationary.

Anonymous said...

But with all this new competition for poo . . . what will become of the poor little dung beetle!!!

And who will speak for these rollers of poo!!!

Da' Man

Bernita said...

Clever adversizing. I am entranced.
And that is one cute photo.

Hotwire said...

hmmmm....

Danette Haworth said...

Gross!
and Haha, Travis!

Ello,
Are you going to buy some? Do it! Send a letter to Johnny Depp! :)

Stephen Parrish said...

If you were the person who harvested the raw materials, what would you put on your resume?

pacatrue said...

"If you were the person who harvested the raw materials, what would you put on your resume?"

Editorial Assistant

Vesper said...

This is funny! I'd like some of that paper! :-)

The picture is very cute.

Mary Witzl said...

I like Travis's comment, and what a great conversation starter this could be.

Personally, I think this is a great idea. Anyone who thinks it is gross should go to Natchez, Mississippi some time and stand downwind from the paper factory there. No one can tell me elephant poo could smell any worse.

Ello said...

So if you run out of toilet paper in your house, do you use this stuff? Poop on poop? HAAAAAA!

Colleen_Katana said...

Dung paper, yes! I work on a show called Nick News with Linda Ellerbee that's on Nickelodeon and we did a show about elephants and the use of their feces to make paper. Fascinating, I know. Then, the kids we brought to Thailand for the segment got into a dung fight....talk about disgusting.

The Quoibler said...

I would love some of this paper and would give it as "gag" (perhaps literally) gifts to others.

However, I suppose I would have to sign off on correspondence in a new way... perhaps "Shittily yours,"...

Incidentally, I must insert here that I'm disappointed that people don't use the past tense of the word I just blatantly wrote. Shat. It's a gorgeous term. I encourage everyone to use it more often. Saying, "I shat," makes the act sound rather glamorous, romantic, intriguing.

Or maybe I'm just a sick woman.

Angelique